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dateline: 18 May 2016

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Musicians Boycott North Carolina Over Bathroom Law

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • celebrity: a famous person
  • boycott: to refuse to attend, use, or buy as a form of protest
  • high-profile: well-known, powerful
  • controversial: causing a lot of debate
  • correspond: to match
  • LGBT: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender
  • violate: to not respect a rule, law, or space
  • NBA: National Basketball Association (US)

Celebrities Boycott North Carolina Over Bathroom Law

Several high-profile , including Bruce Springsteen, Demi Lovato, and Pearl Jam have canceled concerts in North Carolina recently to protest the state’s controversial new bathroom . The new state law (HB2) bans individuals from using public that do not correspond to their birth gender. Some companies and organizations, including PayPal and the NBA, have also taken to show support for the LGBT community. Earlier this month, the US Department of Justice filed a suit against the state, saying that the bill violates .

Comprehension Questions

  1. What did Bruce Springsteen recently do and why?
  2. Why does the report mention PayPal?
  3. What did the US Department of Justice do?

Discussion Questions: Do you agree with singer Elton John who called North Carolina’s bathroom bill “discriminatory” and “dangerous”? Why or why not?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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